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Kingfisher Villa finally sold, businessman Sachiin Joshi picks up Vijya Mallya’s erstwhile party pad

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The  State Bank of India-led group of lenders has finally managed to sell the Kingfisher Villa to a film production company owned by Sachin joshi.

The Goa property  which was once owned by shamed businessman Vijay Mallya had been taken over by lenders after he failed to repay the loans he took for the now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.

Joshi paid slightly more than the property’s previous reserve price of Rs 73 crore and that SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya had confirmed the sale took place.

The prime property is located in Goa’s Candolim and had become legendary for the parties that the high-flying Mallya threw at the villa.

Three previous attempts to auction off the property at Rs 85.29 crore, then Rs 81 crore and finally Rs 73 crore previously failed.

The last attempt to sell the property was on March 6.

Mallya owes over Rs 9000 crore to lenders and has been declared as wilful defaulter after Kingfisher Airlines was grounded in 2012. 

True love has abandonment anxiety

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Love doesn’t always turn up on stage according to the script. It goes missing, leaving the rest of the actors to improvise awkwardly

Love is an empty house you move into. Love isn’t always a good home. Homes have dark corners, awkward spaces and places you are just not willing to go to for reasons you cannot fathom. Homes can stay unfamiliar for years. So can love.

In the beginning, we like love to look good. We are sure that if we can make it look great, it will feel great. It feels like a heavy secret when that doesn’t happen. We learn to do something else with looking great. Even when love is a comfortable home, it is never a good idea to stay at home all the time.

Love is a laggard. It doesn’t always turn up on stage according to the script. It goes missing, leaving the rest of the actors to improvise awkwardly.

Love doesn’t do its homework. Love is lazy. Love goes off to pick up its phone in the middle of a conversation. Love sneaks a look at its mobile notifications, as soon as it sees you approaching. How much love does love need? Love is an ungrateful, entitled brat.

Love likes togetherness. Love underestimates how much space it needs. It needs bus rides and highways. It needs distance to sustain itself. It needs to breathe, to run, to go away so that it can return to intimacy and safe embraces.

Sometimes love hates intimacy. It hasn’t attended its classes. It blanks out when it has to perform.

You will realize that you feel love but goddam it, it isn’t working for you. Love will make you claustrophobic. You will embrace it and hold it tight, but love won’t realize that it needs to make space for you. Your allegiance can stay one sided for years.

When we move in with love, love changes its colours. In our personal spaces, some of us express love as anxiety and anger. We destroy love every day. We shoo it away. We refuse to recognize it, for fear of what it might ask from us.

We are threatened by the love we feel. We resent that we don’t feel love like we expected ourselves to. What is wrong with us?

Love means dealing with differences. Accepting contradictions. Learning to listen without relying on words.

In love, you become the keeper of each other’s memories. He will tell you about the uncle who bullied him brutally and then forget about it forever, leaving you to deal with the offensive man when he comes visiting. He will tell you about his crushes. You will tell him about the tree in your childhood home. The cake your mother used to bake on birthdays.

One of you will be the dreamer. The other will be fantastic with logistics. The logistics person will remember that she had dreams of her own too. She will want to hand back his dreams to him.

You will watch each other fight losing battles. You will want to rescue the other from her obsession. You will be judgemental. You will tear each other down. You will bask in glory when she wins. You will feel left out.

Love is uncomfortable.

He will be no good at being ill. He will get cranky and hyperactive and won’t admit that all he needs is to get into bed and get some rest. A simple fever will feel like a volcano is rumbling underneath you.

He will have no clue how to deal with you when you are ill. He will keep forgetting that you are in pain. Instead of being useful, he will yell at you when he discovers the medicines that you stashed away instead of completing the course you had been prescribed. Love involves a lot of yelling. Practise it. When you are weak, it will trigger anxiety in the lover. It makes him feel vulnerable and vulnerability must be stomped over. You will take it personally. How can you not?

Love demands patience. Love needs years to get into its skin and wear it comfortably. Love has childhood issues.

You will trust each other in different ways. You will discover mistrust despite love. It will stun you. Love learns to step back. Trust has to be earned, it cannot be demanded on a platter. One of you will be better than the other with trust issues.

You will learn to ask each other for money. You will be angry and disappointed and swear to never ask each other for money. One of you will be better at dealing with money. One of you will love money by spending it, the other will love it by keeping it close. Money is the third party in your romance.

One of you will write deeply embarrassing Facebook posts. One will be a WhatsApp enthusiast.

One will thrive in clutter, the other will always wipe the bathroom floor dry. One of you will get along fine with plumbers, electricians, carpenters and sabziwallahs. The other will be an intolerable, ill-mannered, defensive, lazy fool. Lead by example.

One of you will be better at waking up the children kindly, and tucking them into bed at night. It will take you years to realize that roles can be switched. It’s quite simple.

You will develop a good cop-bad cop game without realizing it. It will begin to hurt when you realize that one of you is always being seen as hateful and the other is wearing a halo. Remember to reverse your positions in time. Don’t wait for the other’s permission.

One will assume charge of getting all the details right. The other will ask, “Why are we always late everywhere?” Both will frustrate each other. Love makes you weary.

Put everything back in a box and shake it till your bones rattle. The doctor recommends a good shake-up in her prescription for love.

The most significant phase of marriage and love is when the two of you become separate persons again. With your own rhythm, priorities, angst, pleasures and passions. With your own separate dreams to fulfil. It is scary. You will wonder if the love is over.

True love wants the lover to be truly liberated. And that means she will be separate from him too. True love has abandonment anxiety.

It can be healed.

Love reinvents itself. It revives. Love demands diversification. Love more and more, love others, love in new ways. Rediscover kissing in new places. Find new destinations for yourselves to keep your love in practice.

The health benefits of… eggs

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The humble egg has impressive health credentials. Nutritionist Jo Lewin shares recipes, nutritional highlights and tips on choosing a good egg.

An introduction to eggs…

Both the white and yolk of an egg are rich in nutrients – proteins, vitamins and minerals with the yolk also containing cholesterol, fat soluble vitamins and essential fatty acids. Eggs are an important and versatile ingredient for cooking, as their particular chemical make up is literally the glue of many important baking reactions.

Since the domestication of the chicken, people have been enjoying and nourishing themselves with eggs. As a long time symbol of fertility and rebirth, the egg has taken its place in religious as well as culinary history. In Christianity, the symbol of the decorated egg has become synonymous with Easter. There are lots of different types of egg available, the most commonly raised are chicken eggs while more gourmet choices include duck, goose and quail eggs

Nutritional highlights

Eggs are a very good source of inexpensive, high quality protein. More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white along with vitamin B2 and lower amounts of fat and cholesterol than the yolk. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Egg yolks contain more calories and fat. They are the source of cholesterol, fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and lecithin – the compound that enables emulsification in recipes such as hollandaise or mayonnaise.

Some brands of egg now contain omega-3 fatty acids, depending on what the chickens have been fed (always check the box). Eggs are regarded a ‘complete’ source of protein as they contain all eight essential amino acids; the ones we cannot synthesise in our bodies and must obtain from our diet.

One large egg contains:
78 calories 6.3g protein 5.3g fat 1.6g saturated fat 212mg cholesterol

The cholesterol question

For years eggs have been considered more of a health risk than a healthy food. Since they are high in cholesterol, it was recommended that people with high cholesterol levels avoid eggs. But it turns out the cholesterol content for which they have been vilified is much lower than it was 10 years ago. This reduction has been attributed to the changes in hen feed since the BSE crisis in the 1990s. British research shows that a medium egg contains about 100mg of cholesterol, a third of the 300mg recommended daily limit. Also it is saturated fat in the diet, not dietary cholesterol that influences blood cholesterol levels the most.
If you are concerned about your cholesterol or are unsure whether it is safe for you to consume eggs please consult your GP.

Heart healthy…

Eggs are rich in several nutrients that promote heart health such as betaine and choline. During pregnancy and breast feeding, an adequate supply of choline is particularly important, since choline is essential for normal brain development. If you are eating eggs during pregnancy however, ensure you cook until the whites and yolks are solid. In traditional Chinese medicine, eggs are recommended to strengthen the blood and increase energy by enhancing digestive and kidney function.

Eggs also contain more Vitamin D than they did 10 years ago, which helps to protect bones, preventing osteoporosis and rickets. And they are filling too. Eggs for breakfast could help with weight loss as the high protein content makes us feel fuller for longer. Eggs should be included as part of a varied and balanced diet.

Quail eggs…

Quail eggs have a similar flavour to chicken eggs, but their petite size (five quail eggs are usually equal to one large chicken egg) and pretty, speckled shell have made them popular in gourmet cooking. The shells range in colour from dark brown to blue or white. Quail eggs are often hard-boiled and served with sea salt.

Duck eggs…

Duck eggs look like chicken eggs but are larger. As with chicken eggs, they are sold in sizes ranging from small to large. Duck eggs have more protein and are richer than chicken eggs, but they also have a higher fat content and more cholesterol. When boiled, the white turns bluish and the yolk turns red-orange.

How to select and store

Choose eggs from free-range or organically raised chickens. Eggs should always be visually inspected before buying. It is best to check for cracks or liquid in the box to ensure there are no broken ones. Eggs are best stored in the refrigerator where they may remain for up to one month (check the best-before-date on the box). Eggs with higher omega-3 fatty acid content are best eaten as early as possible to keep these oils fresh.


The main safety concern is risk of salmonella food poisoning. The best protection is to cook eggs at a high enough temperature for a long enough period of time, meaning poached, scrambled and hard boiled eggs carry a much lower salmonella risk. Another safety concern regarding eggs is that they are a common food allergen, particularly among young children. See your GP if you have any concerns regarding allergies to eggs. Substitutes can be used to bind ingredients together but they are not as good at helping mixtures rise. If using a replacement for eggs in baking, adding a little extra baking powder may help.

Top tip… A fresh egg will sink in water, a stale one will float

It’s Valentine’s week, and not Valentine’s Day

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Why limit celebrating love to just one day when you can do so for a whole week? February 14, Valentine’s Day 2017, might be the day when lovers take time out to do something nice for their special ones, but, mind you, there is a lot that you can do in the run-up to the day. In fact, starting tomorrow, every day is to be celebrated. Sample this: February 7, Rose Day, kicks of the week of love that culminates on the 14th as Valentine’s Day. Here is your seven day guide to the ‘love week’.

February 7 — Rose Day Surprise your lover with a bunch of roses on this day and see her get all mushy. Give a rose to the one you like/love and no one will question your intentions!

February 8 — Propose Day The second day in the Valentine’s week is supposed to be the ideal time for those in love to propose and take their relationship a step further. Celebrated on February 8 every year, this day sees a lot of couples hooking up.

February 9 — Chocolate Day After roses and proposing to the person you love, impress him or her with a box of chocolates. The sweet treat has always been known to help in impressing lovers and is the one gift that you can’t go wrong with. What’s more, it’s even considered an aphrodisiac.

February 10 — Teddy Day For those in love who like to do all things mushy, Teddy Day is not to be missed. Your girlfriend is sure to like a soft huggable teddy that she can hug and sleep with at night. Though a cliché, for years, lovers have been gifting teddies to each other and sales figures have never gone down thanks to all the young lovers.

February 11— Promise Day The fifth day of the Valentine’s Week is quite significant for lovers as it is the time to make promises. This is the day that you can make up for missed opportunities and also make assurances for the future. You can right every wrong on this day.

February 12 — Kiss Day Seal your promise with a kiss! While you can kiss every day, make it count on Kiss Day. Lovers across the world celebrate this day, and in some places, they even come out in hordes at a particular place to do so.

February 13 — Hug Day Nothing can make you feel better than a warm, tight hug, and that is what the sixth day of the Valentine’s week does. Take some time out to share a hug with your loved one and assure him/her that life is good and that love prevails.


February 14 — Valentine’s Day, the seventh and final day in the week is Valentine’s Day, when young couples dress up and head to party with their lovers. Well, not just that, but this is also the day that you can buy gifts for your lover and your intentions will not be questioned. Whatever way you celebrate, the spirit remains the same — to celebrate love with your partner!

Kareena Kapoor Returns To The Ramp 2 Months After Giving Birth

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Actress Kareena Kapoor Khan brought down the curtains at the Lakme Fashion Week on Sunday with a bang at designer Anita Dongre’s show. Two months after she gave birth to her first son, Tamiur Ali Khan Patudi, Kareena Kapoor walked the ramp for Anita Dongre as showstopper on February 5. She was a vision in white. The 36-year-old new mother looked stunning in ‘Alchemy By Anita Dongre’ collection on the last day of the prestigious and year-long awaited Lakme Fashion Week. Anita designed a white embroidered sheer dress for Kareena and teamed it with a heavily embellished overall which complemented Kareena’s graceful style.

Kareena’s ramp walk the Lakme Fashion Week finale, meant the guest list was pretty impressive too. The creme de la creme of Bollywood turned up to watch Kareena take over the ramp. Actresses Lara Dutta, Sangeeta Bijlani, Shriya Saran, Pooja Hegde, Kajal Aggarwal, Gul Panag, Kiara Advani and designer Manish Malhotra all came over to cheer Anita Dongre and Kareena.
Last month, when Kareena’s name was announced as the showstopper for the finale event, Kareena had said: “It’s always a pleasure representing Lakme at the most spectacular Grand Finale,” reported news agency IANS.

Kareena Kapoor married actor Saif Ali Khan, with whom she’s worked in films like TashanKurbaan and Agent Vinod, in 2012. Tamiur Ali Khan, born on December 20, 2016, is Saif and Kareena’s first child together. Saif, who is divorced from actress Amrita Singh, has a daughter and son, named Sara and Ibrahim.

Bollywood celebs’ Instagram pics you should not miss!

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Riteish Deshmukh and his wife Genelia D’Souza complete five years of wedded bliss today. The bubby actress took this opportunity to tell her darling hubby how he means the world to her. The ‘Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na’ actress shared an endearing picture where she can be seen holding on to Riteish in a tight embrace. If the picture makes you go ‘aww’, trust us when we say that the caption will melt your heart. Genelia wrote, “I wicelebs ll always hold onto you so tight and that’s because I know something so amazing doesn’t happen twice..Happy Anniversary @riteishd..thank you for changing the meaning of “Home” from a place to a person for me..#mykindalove #wedidgoodhoney #tothebestandrestofourlives”.

Riteish and Genelia tied the knot in 2012 after a decade-long relationship. The duo is blessed with two sons – Riaan and Rahyl.

Tell your mom! The white spots on your nails do not indicate calcium deficiency

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When you were a child, did you ever notice a small white spot on one of your fingernails? Did you rush to your mom and ask her what it was? Surely, she must have pulled your ear and given you quite a bit of thrashing for not finishing your daily glass of milk. “There’s not enough calcium in your body,” she must have said. Call your mom right away because we are about to bust that myth.

Unlike what almost everyone has believed so far, the white spots on your nails have nothing to do with calcium deficiency. They are, most commonly, proof of an earlier injury to the matrix of your nail that is finally showing as it starts growing out.

Dietitian Dr Priyanka Rohtagi, chief clinical dietician at Apollo Hospitals, Bangalore, refutes the myth entirely. “It’s a common misconception that the white spots are indicative of calcium deficiency. They could mean a lot of things, including an injury to the nails, a fungal infection and allergy to a particular food item or nail paints. It can even be genetic. It could point towards a deficiency of some kind in very rare cases, but that need not necessarily be calcium-related. It could be any mineral, such as zinc or biotin. ”

Dr DM Mahajan, senior consultant of dermatology at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, says the most common reason for leukonychia (the right term for these white spots) is an old injury. Maybe you jammed your hand in a door hinge, maybe you slapped someone too hard. The part of your nail underneath the fold may hurt at the moment, but you forget about it soon enough. However, the injured part starts climbing up slowly with the growth of the nail, and when it suddenly appears, you can’t remember the injury that caused it anymore.

But how did this myth come into existence? Dr Priyanka thinks the colour of the spot and the whiteness often associated with calcium-rich products may have some part to play.

So, is there any test you can run at home to check if you are low on calcium? No, says Dr Mahajan. “Sometimes people get muscular cramps that could point towards calcium deficiency. But even then, one needs to take a few lab tests to know for sure,” he says.

As much as 90% of the calcium in your body is found in the bones. A good, regular Indian diet contains enough calcium to keep you healthy. However, if you suffer from fractures a little too often, you may need to get a dexa scan done to check the density of your bones. If it is abnormally low, your physician will guide you accordingly.

So, white spot or not, keep chugging your milk and gobbling down that matar-paneer to keep calcium deficiency away!

Children feel more attached to pets than to their siblings

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Kids get more satisfaction from relationships with their household pets than with their brothers or sisters, new research suggests.

“Anyone who has loved a childhood pet knows that we turn to them for companionship and disclosure, just like relationships between people,” said lead researcher Matt Cassells from University of Cambridge.

“We wanted to know how strong these relationships are with pets relative to other close family ties. Ultimately this may enable us to understand how animals contribute to healthy child development,” Cassells said.

Researchers surveyed children of 12 years of age from 77 families with one or more pets of any type and more than one child at home.

The children reported strong relationships with their pets relative to their siblings, with lower levels of conflict and greater satisfaction in owners of dogs than other kinds of pets.

“Though pets may not fully understand or respond verbally, the level of disclosure to pets was no less than to siblings,” Cassels said. “The fact that pets cannot understand or talk back may even be a benefit as it means they are completely non-judgmental,” Cassels noted.

While previous research had often found that boys report stronger relationships with their pets than girls do, the new research actually found the opposite.

“While boys and girls were equally satisfied with their pets, girls reported more disclosure, companionship and conflict with their pet than boys, perhaps indicating that girls may interact with their pets in more nuanced ways,” Cassels noted.

The research, published in the Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, adds to increasing evidence that household pets may have a major influence on child development, and could have a positive impact on children’s social skills and emotional well-being.

7 Approaches to Better Your Relationship

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Invest in a better future for yourself by devoting time to your relationship. When you’re in a romantic relationship, a good deal of your happiness depends on how that relationship is going. Beat the odds by taking a more positive approach to bettering your bond, and remember that you are worth every moment of happiness!

Go to Bed at the Same Time

Research from the Gottman Institute shows that a whopping 75 percent of married couples do not go to bed together after three years of marriage. The same study found those that did not go to sleep at the same time reported more marital conflict, less time spent in serious conversation and less sexual activity, as well as less time put toward shared experiences. Keep in mind that the moments before you drift off to sleep ignite your most authentic self–who better to share those moments with than with your partner?

Physical Touch

Hormones are released when you interact with the people who make you happy. The hormone oxytocin is released when people cuddle or caress each other, increasing intimacy and sending serotonin, the happy hormone, throughout the brain letting it know you are pleased. Feeling gratified through your partner’s touch connects that pleasant feeling with your companion, bringing the two of you closer together. While this is not limited to sexual intimacy, research has shown that couples who connect during sex may have deeper conversation afterward and are more likely to disclose positive feelings toward the other, resulting in increased trust, closeness and relationship satisfaction.

Date Night

Long term relationships need loving care, just like you! Be sure to nurture your relationship by treating your partner to an unforgettable night out. Find a babysitter and go to a show, or head out for dinner and dancing. Put the kids to bed early and surprise your partner with a picnic on the living room floor. Getting out of the rut that often develops in long-term relationships is important to keeping your connection fresh, and keeping your partner feeling like they are your priority.

Spend Time Apart

Give your partner the gift of being able to miss you; when you spend all your time with your significant other, there often isn’t much to talk about at the end

of the day. Allowing yourselves to have separate interests enables you to connect to more than day-to-day musings where you are bound to each other. Bring a fresh topic to the table by trying a new hobby with some friends. Give your partner the gift of alone time and the opportunity to refresh. Once you return from your fabulous new hobby, the hours will fly by as you bond over new and exciting topics.

Let It Go

You do not need to win every argument you have with your partner. If you start to obsess over being right, you stop realizing the goal of your relationship is to stay together. You can either be always right or be in a relationship. Learn to pick your battles and let the little things go. If you are accustomed to being right, odds are your partner is also used to the same. Allowing them to win an argument or two may mean more for your relationship than it does for your winning streak.

Get Physical

Physical fitness makes you a happier person, and being with someone who cares about her health makes your partner happy as well. Exercising creates happy endorphins in your brain and working out together doubles the fun! Is your partner too competitive? Maybe just hitch a ride to the gym together and find your personal workout zen once you get there. Taking care of your body increases your mental health, which has a positive effect on your relationship.

Limit Screen Time

It is too easy to lose yourself in your phone, tablet or computer while sitting side by side with your partner. Studies that have shown that looking at your phone while sitting with your partner can lower relationship satisfaction. Consider putting your phones on the “do not disturb” setting an hour before bedtime and make dinner time a no phone zone.

Set aside time to connect without the soft LED illumination on your face, the competitive edge at the gym or the subtle grudges that slowly tear at your happiness. Practice these approaches within your relationship and discover a deeper and more fulfilling connection that will keep you warm during Michigan’s coldest months.

“You can either be always right or be in a relationship.

Childbirth: Glucose could cut duration of induced labour, say researchers

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Researchers are of the opinion that administering glucose supplements to women during childbirth, especially for the first birth, may shorten the labour time.

A prolonged labour, or a failure to progress, is a labour that takes more than 20 hours for first-time mothers and more than 14 hours for mothers who have given birth before.

A prolonged labour is not only defined by the duration, it is regarded as prolonged but, when cervical dilation takes place at less than 1 centimetre per hour. Prolonged labour can be harmful to maternal and foetal health.

According to the study, because glucose supplementation is known to improve muscle performance, adding glucose to the intravenous hydration solution women receive during childbirth could accelerate labour.

“Glucose supplementation significantly reduces the total length of labour without increasing the rate of complication. This is great news for women experiencing induced labour,” said Josianne Pare from the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada.

For the study, 200 pregnant women were randomly assigned to receive either a standard hydration solution containing salt and water or a solution containing glucose, salt and water.

The results showed that the median duration of labour was 76 minutes shorter in the group of women receiving glucose.

However, “there was no difference in the mode of delivery — caesarean section, forceps, etc. — or the neonatal well-being measures,” Pare said.

Thus, being a low-cost and safe intervention, glucose should be the solute of choice during labour, the researchers recommended.

The findings will be presented at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine’s annual meeting, in Quebec.

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